Palliative Care ECHO

Program goal

Enhance provider capacity in the use of palliative care best practices to better diagnose, manage and provide quality (high-value) care for patients with complex serious illness.

About the Palliative Care ECHO

It is suggested that about 75% of people with serious and life-limiting illness may benefit from enrollment in a palliative care program. However, despite an increasingly aging population and a global population plagued by chronic illnesses, gaps in palliative care education of the current and future health care workforce still remain. As such, the overarching challenges in this field include the shortfall of hospice and palliative medicine clinicians available to provide high-quality care to our chronically ill population and the subsequent lack of palliative care options for rural health care patients and providers. 

The Palliative Care ECHO program seeks to close this gap and address these issues by establishing a learning network of providers to increase the capacity of clinicians treating patients with complex serious illness.

Who should attend?

  • Providers (MD/DO, PA, NP, RN, OT, PT, ST, LPN, LCSW, etc.)
  • Medical residents, fellows, students
  • Hospital based palliative care team members
  • Palliative care team members
  • Home health providers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Providers and/or caregivers from SNF’s, long-term nursing facilities, respite centers, independent/assisted-living facilities, etc.
  • Caregivers from the group home setting
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about providing best practice palliative care services.

Meet our team

  • Greg Mayer, MD
  • Joe Solien, PharmD
  • Franc Cordova, MD, FAAHPM
  • Erin Waters, MSW
  • Jenell Currence, MSN, CHPN

Program schedule

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

External partners:
Hospice of the Valley
Oscar & Elsa Mayer Family Foundation

Palliative Care ECHO contact:
Greg Mayer, Medical Director

General ECHO inquiries:


Date Topic
Oct. 11, 2022 “Extremis”
Nov. 8, 2022 VSED
Dec. 13, 2022 Billing and Documentation
Jan. 10, 2023 Palliative Care for Native Americans
Feb. 14, 2023 CHF
March 14, 2023 Providing Home-Based Palliative Care
April 11, 2023 Technology / RPM in Palliative Care
May 9, 2023 Hematologic Malignancies
June 13, 2023 Palliative Care in the Emergency Department
July 11, 2023 Prognostication and Palliative Care
Aug. 8, 2023 Deprescribing Medications
Sept. 12, 2023 Palliative Care on the Reservation


Case study

We highly encourage participants to present a case during our live sessions. Case studies are based on real-life scenarios and is an opportunity for a participant to request advice and recommendations from other participants and the Hub Team. If you have a patient case and would like to present during one of our ECHO sessions for clinical consultation and/or discussion, please fill out the form.